"I bent down to them and fed them." -Hosea 11:4
Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run
Every year, a team of cathedral members faithfully puts on running shoes and takes to the streets for the annual Memorial Day Hunger Walk & 5K Race. The event is a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, and the cathedral will again be well represented at the starting line on Monday, May 27.
The monies raised during the event helps to fund the Foodbank operations in Bond Hill, as well as support the many agencies and churches throughout the region who feed and minister to the poor in their neighborhoods. Participants in the walk earmark the funds they raise for a particular pantry. The pantries then draw upon credit provided by these donations to make purchases from the Foodbank for their own missions. Because cathedral participants raise more money than the cathedral’s 5000 Club ministry needs for its Tuesday night dinners, the team collaborates with other local agencies to help them earn extra credits for their pantries and food programs.
Last year, the cathedral partnered with the Church of Our Savior in Mt. Auburn and will do so again this year.
The cathedral also covers the registration fees for individuals enrolled in Step Forward, City Gospel Mission’s addiction treatment program. Participation in the annual event gives those in recovery an opportunity to engage in a healthy activity, as well as the ability to give back to the community through efforts that support the Foodbank.
You can be a part of the solution that ends hunger and promotes recovery in Cincinnati by registering to walk (or run) and/or sponsor a City Gospel Mission participant. With matching donations from the office of the Rev. Gary Goldacker, priest-in-charge, you can sponsor a Step Forward participant for a $10 donation. Contact Mark Sackett for details.
About the 5000 Club
Our 5000 Club food ministry began in the spring of 2006 as an effort to provide the hospitality of a weekly evening meal to those who in live in our neighborhood, including those without a home to call their own. The program quickly grew to where we are serving close to 200 meals a week, thanks to a strong corp of volunteers. They range from members of our cathedral and other area churches to individuals who simply want to help.